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Hull City V Liverpool
Tuesday 28th April. 7:45PM
There’s very little football action for fans to sink their teeth into this Tuesday night, but there is one huge Premier League clash taking place at the KC stadium between Hull City and Liverpool.
It has been a thoroughly testing campaign for both clubs but three points here would provide a huge boost for the victors and could signal a huge moment in deciphering the fates of their respective seasons.
But who will claim that vital win?
Tigers To Compound Liverpool’s Misery?
Hull are empowered with a new found sense of confidence following Saturday’s shock win at Crystal Palace and they’ll hope to follow that up with a first win in three home matches. If they do, you would have to fancy their chances of beating the drop.
Unfortunately for Steve Bruce’s side, the omens aren’t good. The Tigers have registered just one win in seven Premier League meetings against Liverpool whilst they additionally enter this match having picked up fewer home points than 18 of the other 19 teams in the division.
On paper, the hosts do boast enough talent to give Liverpool a real test and the likes of Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson and Dame N’Doye provide a very solid looking spine to the side. However, some of the players around them just haven’t been up to scratch this term.
Hull cannot afford to be carrying passengers against the Reds or else they’ll suffer. Bruce needs a big performance from his whole team. We’re not quite sure they’re capable.
Can Reds Reignite Top Four Challenge?
It was a difficult week for Brendan Rodgers, who saw his side knocked out of the FA Cup before being held to stalemate in a crucial league match at West Brom. However, Sunday’s Premier League results has lessened the pain and has reopened the door for Liverpool to relaunch a late bid for Champions League qualification.
Top four rivals Arsenal and Manchester United were both beaten last weekend and the Reds could move within four points of the hallowed Champions League spots with a midweek victory at the KC. Liverpool will be looking to utilise the youthful talents of Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Jordon Ibe to punish the often shaky Tigers’ defence and those battles could be absolutely crucial.
In the middle of the park, skipper Steven Gerrard will hope to bounce back from his recent disappointments by continuing his fine form against the Tigers. The Liverpool captain has scored four in six previous encounters and this could be a great chance to score one last goal before jetting off to LA.
This contest is massive for both teams, which should create a cracking atmosphere both on the pitch and in the stands. Nonetheless, it is Liverpool who’ll be expected to triumph.
Hull City V Liverpool Betting Tips
Unsurprisingly, Liverpool have been established as the pre-game favourites in spite of their recent slips and are priced 19/20 by Bet365. Meanwhile, Hull are available at 10/3 whilst the draw can be backed at 13/5.
Make no mistake; Rodgers has made mistakes this term but his side won’t have given up on Champions League football just yet. His players will have acquired a taste of Europe’s elite competition this season and are desperate to end this campaign on a high by securing their return to that competition.
Chances of doing that will remain slim, even if the Reds do prevail against lowly Hull. Nonetheless, we’d expect the visitors to be highly motivated ahead of this one and are backing them to register a potentially crucial three points.
Liverpool -1 Asian handicap @ 7/4 with Bet365
The Reds have really struggled in the attacking third this season, especially when Daniel Sturridge is missing. However, Hull’s form is so poor that this shouldn’t pose a major concern for Rodgers’ men at the KC.
Liverpool have been relatively solid at the back in recent months, save a disappointing 4-1 loss at Arsenal. We’re backing them to keep a clean sheet, whilst bagging a couple in the attacking third.
Liverpool to win 2-0 @ 17/2 with BetVictor